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Group photograph of African Climate Change edit-a-thon participants.

African Climate Change edit-a-thon
  See also: African Climate Change edit-a-thon report on meta wiki

From the 6th to the 8th of August 2019 Wikimedia ZA co-hosted the African Climate Change edit-a-thon. The event was held in Cape Town in partnership with the climate change NGO South South North. The event saw 40 climate change experts and scientists from across Africa being trained how to edit Wikipedia and improve climate change related articles on Wikipedia. Three veteran South African Wikipedia editors were on hand to teach and coach the participants in the process of contributing to Wikipedia. The event was prompted by the lack of climate change related articles on Wikipedia related to Africa. Wikimedia ZA would like to thank all the organisations, individuals, and Wikipedia editors (both online and offline) for helping to make this event possible.

More information about the event can be found on meta.wikimedia at the Africa Climate Change edit-a-thon event page





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Copyright Amendment bill panel discussion

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Watch the event on YouTube here

ReCreate South Africa in partnership with Wikimedia ZA will be hosting a panel discussion on the impact of the South African Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament. The panel will consist of Copyright experts, legal scholars, civil society groups, and others who will be impacted by changes to copyright law. This panel discussion will feature:

Wikimedia ZA supports the current version of the Copyright Amendement bill before parliament as it contains allowances for both Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use.

Wikimedia ZA will be trying to steam the event over YouTube which can be seen live on the day at the link below.

Event details
The event will happen:

Refreshments and finger food will be served at the venue.


Wikipedia's 18th Birthday

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15th January 2019

Eighteen years ago today Wikipedia was born. Wikipedia first started out as Nupedia, launched on the 9th March 2000, which sought to provide a free online encyclopedia that was curated by experts similar to how traditional encyclopedias were written. Nupedia did not take off and as an experiment before it was shut down Wikipedia was launched. Wikipedia allowed anyone to write and review encyclopedia articles. The English language version was launched on the 15th January 2001 and has grown rapidly since then. Afrikaans language Wikipedia was started a few months later on the 16th November 2001 and now has over 68,000 articles, edited by 910 people, and is viewed 1.6 million times a month.

Wikimedia South Africa celebrates this birthday by encouraging more people to edit and contribute their knowledge to Wikipedia in general and South African languages in particular. Today Wikipedia is available in almost 300 different languages including almost all official South African languages including isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga.






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Wikimedia ZA Annual General Meeting 2018
The Wikimedia ZA board has elected to host our Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 27th October 2018. Below are the details for the AGM:

  • Time: 17:00 for 17:30
  • Date: Saturday, 27th October 2018
  • Location: Code4Africa offices (top floor), 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 (Map)

For those not in Cape Town, a Google Hangouts link will be announced.

Food and refreshments will be served during the AGM (mostly pizza and drinks).

It will be held after the Wikidata 6th Birthday event in Cape Town and the Education editathon in Johannesburg. Both events end at 15:30.

WikiData 6th birthday
  see also | WikiData Cape Town

  • Location: Code4Africa office (top floor), 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 (Map)
  • Date: Saturday, 27th October 2018
  • Time: 10:00-16:00

Johannesburg editathon
  see also | Education editathon

  • Location: Sci-Bono Discover Centre, Corner of Miriam Makeba & President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
  • Date: Saturday, 27th October 2018
  • Time: 9:00 to 15:15




Wikimedia ZA group photograph at Wikimania with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation ED Katherian Maher.


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Wikimania Cape Town 2018
Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town is now over. As host organisation Wikimedia ZA would like to thank everyone who attended and the many people who helped make this year's event such a success. We would like to give a very special thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation for the technical and financial support to make the event a reality as well as all of our event volunteers. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Interactive Africa, WikiHow and Google as well as supporting organisations such as Wesgro, Goethe Institute and the University of Cape Town.

During this year's Wikimania we welcomed around 700 attendees from 60 countries attending almost 80 presentations and an additional two days of pre-conference events and workshops. A total of 170 news stories in the foreign and local press reported on the event thereby greatly increasing awareness of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community in South Africa. Exact numbers will be released when the Wikimania 2018 report is released.

Wikimedia ZA increased its membership by almost 40 new members. Wikimedia ZA is still an entirely volunteer organisation but after this event the need to further professionalise the chapter has become clearer to support a larger membership base and the many more organisational partnerships we have developed at the conference.

For a brief outline, filmed at Wikimania, on the theme of the 2018 event check out this video made by the Wikimedia Foundation: Wikimedia 2018: How do we bring free knowledge to everyone around the globe?


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